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Razer Deathstalker Ultimate Review

Can Razer’s top-end board really justify that price tag?

You wait for a computer keyboard with touchscreen controls and then two turn up at once. Following hot on the heels of this Mad Catz STRIKE 7 comes this ultra stylish.

Such as the STRIKE 7 it comes with a touchscreen , but aside from that and also also the #250 price tag, they are almost entirely distinct takes on the gaming keyboard.

Whereas the Mad Catz appearance is Meccano-like configurability rounded-off angles and chic, the DeathStalker Ultimate is a matte black slab of stylish gaming goodness. The chopped-off corners prevent it turned into a rectangle, however, the frame and chiclet keys give it a more subtle appearance in relation to the Mad Catz board.

That said, you got the multi-coloured LED backlight shining through the keys, and your eye will be attracted to the trackpad that stays where the numpad ought to live.

This trackpad nearly manages to justify the DeathStalker Ultimate’s enormous price. The STRIKE 7 had possible (if developers managed to find something interesting out of its resistive touchscreen, which they still have not ), but the Razer has impressive functionality right from the box. My Windows installation recognised it as a trackpad before I installed the Synapse 2.0 software from Razer.

Synapse tracking

Things get better once the Synapse program is in there. There are already interesting programs including Facebook and Twitter programs YouTube, along with a client, for the screen. All these load onto the touchscreen like smartphone apps.

For gamers with one panel, this screen is useful. Without needing to leave your game you can keep tabs and watch videos of Colonel Meow. There is even a basic web browser which stays separate from the Windows session.

In addition you have clock and stopwatch works, but my favorite is the screenshot button. You can press a button to capture an image and upload them – without leaving a gambling session. These vibrant keys can be configured letting you add icons and app functions yourself.

It is by no means perfect however, that is a pity. In USB interfaces that are certain the display and buttons had visible artefacts in them, and my PC would boot without the touchscreen active. But the DeathStalker works well, and its extras are really useful.

I’m still not a fan of membrane-switch keyboards, if built but the chiclets are extremely responsive.

There’s no way I can really talk about the DeathStalker Ultimate concerning value for money, however it’s a thing of beauty, and if you can spend this sort of cash on a really functional peripheral then this is the top keyboard computer keyboard of choice.

 

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